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Music at Moorland Kicks Off Summer June 24

June 3, 2010
The 9th annual Music at Moorland, set for June24 on the rolling hills of Moorland Farms in Far Hills, will once again feature the Grammy® Award-winning New Jersey Symphony. With amenities and accommodations ranging from fully catered corporate tents and casual picnics on the lawn, all attendees will enjoy a full program of symphonic music and an extraordinary, nationally renowned fireworks display, presented by the legendary Grucci family. 

Since its inception, Music at Moorland has been generously presented by sanofi-aventis U.S., and benefits Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, NJ.

“We are thrilled to carry on this annual tradition, which for many New Jersey families is a landmark event of the summer,” said John von Stade, chairman of Somerset Medical Center Foundation and co-chairman of Music at Moorland. “It is an evening of spectacular performances that helps Somerset Medical Center provide quality healthcare to our community.”

Celebrating its 87th season, the NJSO engages audiences with its artistic excellence and innovative programming. Comprised of some of the country’s finest musicians, their performances reach more than 250,000 people each year. The Orchestra has named Jacques Lacombe as its 13th Music Director; Neeme Järvi is NJSO Conductor Laureate. 

At the 2010 Music at Moorland, Khari Joyner, Principal Cellist for the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, will be the featured guest soloist. Beginning his cello career at the age of 8, Joyner is currently a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program. As a 12th grader, Joyner already has an impressive string of accomplishments, including being named the 2009 First Place Junior Division Laureate in the 12th Annual Sphinx Competition and being a featured performer in the Emory University Upcoming Young Artist Series. 

John Morris Russell, Music Director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra since 2001, will serve as the Orchestra’s guest conductor for the evening. Amongst numerous feats, Russell has nurtured many new voices in Canadian music, conducted more than 45 world premieres of commissioned compositions, and guest conducted some of North America’s most distinguished ensembles. Russell also created the Classic Roots: Spiritual Heights series and was co-creator of the Christmas spectacular, Home for the Holidays.

"The NJSO is proud to continue its involvement with Music at Moorland. The Orchestra relishes the opportunity to perform in this beautiful setting, and we believe strongly in our partnership with the Somerset Medical Center as we join with them to present this fundraising event," said NJSO President & CEO André Gremillet.

The evening’s selections will include Gershwin’s Girl Crazy Overture, Bernstein and Peress’ West Side Story Overture, Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag,” Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, two of Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances and a movement of his Cello Concerto in B Minor. The program culminates with “America the Beautiful.”

Immediately following the New Jersey Symphony’s performance, Grucci, the Long Island-based company that has been presenting stunning fireworks displays throughout the world for generations, will illuminate the sky with fireworks. The unparalleled performance has been featured at seven presidential inaugurations, three Olympic Games, and three World’s Fairs.

“The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Grucci’s fireworks display make this an unforgettable night for all who gather under the stars to enjoy it,” said Ken Bateman, president and CEO of Somerset Medical Center. “The lasting impact this night has on the Somerset Medical Center is equally remarkable and inspiring.”

This year, Somerset Medical Center’s annual “Day of Hope” will also be held on June 24, and for the first time, will end with a special, dedicated celebration at Music at Moorland. The Day of Hope is a program of education and recreation for cancer patients and survivors with any type of cancer, and their families. The focus is to inspire, educate and celebrate the lives of people living with cancer. 

Gates will open for the 2010 Music at Moorland at 5:30 p.m., and the NJSO performance will start at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks will begin at nightfall.

General admission tickets are $25 in advance or $50 at the gate. Children under 14 receive free admission. Preferred lawn seating, including corporate tent parties, and special ticket packages are also available. To purchase tickets, please visit For more information, call 908-265-2500.